Improving accounting undergraduate employability prospects through career development activities

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Leong, Raymond. 2017. "Improving accounting undergraduate employability prospects through career development activities." RMIT Accounting Educators' Conference Singapore, Asia 2017: Accounting Education in a Global Market. Singapore 10 Oct 2017 Australia.
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Improving accounting undergraduate employability prospects through career development activities

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AuthorLeong, Raymond
Number of Pages1
Year2017
Place of PublicationAustralia
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Conference/EventRMIT Accounting Educators' Conference Singapore, Asia 2017: Accounting Education in a Global Market
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RMIT Accounting Educators' Conference Singapore, Asia 2017: Accounting Education in a Global Market
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RMIT Accounting Educator's Conference
Event Date
10 Oct 2017
Event Location
Singapore
Abstract

The new knowledge economy needs accounting graduates with flexible mindsets and transferable skill sets, capable of innovating and adapting to dynamic work environments. However, many Australian employers are deeming new graduates as not work-ready, often citing lack of relevant skills and real world experience as serious shortcomings.

To narrow the employability gap, universities must develop learning and teaching practices to encourage generic skills development alongside developments in discipline specialisations.

This paper reports on how one Australian university used a Career Development Learning activity to facilitate future employability preparation and development in first year business students in an Accounting course as part of careers education. Through personal student journal reflections, a vast majority of students found the experiential activity beneficial in helping them prepare for future employability. Through this activity, they learned about the skills required for successful careers and encouraged them to identify practical ways to improve their employability prospects.

ANZSRC Field of Research 2020350199. Accounting, auditing and accountability not elsewhere classified
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Abstract only published in programme.

Byline AffiliationsSchool of Commerce
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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